A PLANE that crashed into a building in Milan, killing all eight people on board, was flown by a billionaire, it was reported.
Dan Petrescu, 68, his wife and son died when the single-engine plane collapsed in a metro station in San Donato Milanese.
Petrescu is one of the richest men in Romania and had traveled with his son Dan Stefan Petrescu, 30, his wife Regina Petrescu, 65, and family friends according to Awsforwp.
Filippo Nascimbene, his wife Claire Alexandrescou, their one-year-old son Rafael and his mother Miruna Anca Wanda Lozinschi were also killed in the tragedy, reports Rainews.it.
Nascimbene was a businessman of Italian descent and his wife and mother were French.
In the plane was also the Canadian friend of his son, Julien Brossard, 36 years old.
Ms Petrescu also had dual nationality and held a French passport, while her son worked in Canada.
Their plane was heading to the island of Sardinia to visit Mr Petrescu’s 98-year-old mother in the family villa.
Petrescu, who also had German nationality, ran a large construction company and owned a series of hypermarkets and shopping malls, Italian media reported.
According to the Romanian newspaper Adevarul, Petrescu was worth 3 billion euros.
Firefighters rushed to the scene, but the pilot and passengers died on the scene.
Witnesses recalled the moment the plane fell from the sky and crashed into the building, which was thankfully empty.
One of them, Andrea, 19, told tgcom. 24. : âI saw the plane lose control. I saw it just as it crashed. I saw him dive.
‘FLAMES IN THE SKY’
âThe plane was low. And then there was a lot of smoke, flames in the sky. Pieces were flying. I was very scared. “
Rescuers said several cars in a nearby parking lot were set on fire, but apparently the vehicles were unoccupied at the time.
The Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft took off from the main runway at Linate Airport at 1:04 p.m. local time, but crashed 11 minutes later.
He made a right turn that would have taken him on his way to Olbia in Sardinia but instead of heading south he headed for San Donato.
“The plane struck the building on the facade, with an extremely violent impact,” said Carlo Cardinali of the Milan fire department.
“The pilot made a turn so he noticed an anomaly.”
A thick column of black smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles around the site
Firefighters were extinguishing the flames of the now charred building, which is said to be undergoing renovations.
The plane’s black box has been recovered and prosecutors have opened an investigation.
Speaking at the scene, Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano said “there does not appear to have been an alarm raised from the board.”
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